J.J. Abrams Is Still Producing 'Star Trek 3' and May Possibly Direct

Paramount executive Rob Moore reveals the 'Star Wars: Episode VII' director will remain committed to the 'Star Trek' and 'Mission: Impossible' franchises.
J.J. Abrams will still produce Star Trek 3
J.J. Abrams will still produce Star Trek 3
After yesterday's huge story that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII, many fans have been wondering what this will mean to the filmmaker's Star Trek franchise. Paramount Pictures vice chairman Rob Moore revealed today that the filmmaker will still be committed to the franchise, after Star Trek Into Darkness debuts this summer. Here's what the studio executive had to say, revealing J.J. Abrams will be involved as a producer on Star Trek 3, and on Mission: Impossible 5.

"J.J. will continue to develop projects for us including a new Mission: Impossible, and he is committed to produce another Star Trek."

It also remains possible that J.J. Abrams will be back to direct Star Trek 3. Since there is a four-year gap between 2009's Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, opening on May 17, it may be possible for J.J. Abrams to return and direct Star Trek 3 for a 2017 release. However, if Star Trek Into Darkness is an even bigger hit than Star Trek, Paramount may not want to wait that long.

Star Wars: Episode VII is currently being written by Michael Arndt, with Disney aiming for a 2015 release date.

Star Wars: Episode VII comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

Star Trek Into Darkness was released May 17th, 2013 and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho, Benedict Cumberbatch, Anton Yelchin. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Comments (22)

  1. CelluloidDreams

    Busy guy ...when does he sleep!?!?

    1 year agoby @2movieguysFlag

  2. Billythekid78

    For the love of God, and all that is holy, don't make us wait another 4 f**king years for another sequel!! J.J. doesn't need to direct the third Trek, as long as you have a solid script the film will direct itself! I loved the first and look forward to Into Darkness, but 4 years inbetween flicks is unacceptable!

    1 year agoby @billythekid78Flag

  3. Josh

    I'm glad there is no bad blood between JJ and Paramount, because it would be a shame for him to leave the Trek franchise he's done so well bringing back to life.

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  4. Xenon

    Next thing we know he'll be directing Stargate

    1 year agoby @xenon56Flag

  5. ChiRep_1

    I think he'll bring along someone he trusts to direct and remain producer and creative consultant. Possibly Matt Reeves?

    Congrats to JJ though, he'll be the king of Comic Con for the rest of his life.

    1 year agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  6. ROFLitschristian

    This man is reigning high right now in Hollywood, and I have absolutely no problem with that.

    1 year agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  7. Corey W.

    Once Abrams starts this SW trilogy he isn't gonna wanna leave. I predict he'll help with the story, produce it, and give the director's chair to someone new for the third Star Trek film.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @incmob Lol. Too true. No doubt in my mind the man would persue other interest. Far as I can see it, he may be locked to direct the new trilogy and probably be done with Trek as director and produce any future projects, along with SW as well. I mean I'm assuming he only accepted the offer if he could co-produce, on top of his directing fees,then make it his own universe by borrowing all the lovely aliens Lucas and co created and get his AFI award along the way with both franchises behind his back. The man is set or life as it is, so I don't doubt he'll peruse other projects.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. incmob

    @bawnian-dexeus I could not agree more. look what happened with x-men... prime example and history will once again repeat itself. however i dont feel that abrams will do to star wars as bryan singer did with superman. there is a slim chance paramount will wait for abrams, however there is a chance abrams might want to do other things after ST2.

    @bawnian-dexeus also... i was thinking...

    "I directed Star Trek and Star Wars, and all i got was this stupid t-shirt... and... a bazillion dollars, bitches!"

    1 year agoby @incmobFlag

  10. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    In response to the article, obviously the sequel will be a big hit for Paramount and knowing them, they will rush part three with or without J.J. All they care about is keeping the franchise alive and the money rolling. No doubt the reboot brought them money from just the merchandise alone. It's the only reason why franchise films exists and why there will be a Transformers 4-10. Why else would Disney bloody buy the franchise? It makes half a billion nearly a year in just merch. Hell, that's why they pushed Cars two and absorbed billions in toys.

    All I can say is that the studio should learn to chill, and let the man work. He can do both if you don't breath down his neck. He's the man responsible for reinvigorating the damn thing anyways.

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  11. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Pretty soon he's gonna have to wear that red shirt saying "I directed both Star Trek and Star Wars. Get over it!"

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  12. Sean

    @ejk1 Well said! I couldn't agree with you more!

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. incmob

    @ejk1 F*CK YES! THANK YOU! i am so sick of hearing people bitch and moan... hell, maybe they should have gotten uwe boll or maybe even GOD FORBID, brought Lucas back to direct. I understand people have their opinions but this is exactly what needed to happen to kickstart the franchise... Star Trek and Star Wars are too different breeds, and abrams has a diverse style, unlike say... zach snyder, or roland emmerich, or the watchowski siblings... any way you look at it, abrams is like any other director taking this on... they will be loved or hated for it, but at this point from his track record thus far, i say he has a pretty good shot at being loved.

    1 year agoby @incmobFlag

  14. thedude-abides

    Star Trek will always be Star Wars' bitch. F*ck you, Shatner. ROFL!

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  15. Josh Tecumseh

    Im afraid of what this man will do to star wars and also what disney will do to it

    1 year agoby @Josh-TecumsehFlag

  16. skywise

    I hope he is able to give us a 3rd Star Trek as director and viva la Star Wars.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  17. Dan

    @ejk1 Agreed.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  18. Gandoff

    I have not issue with him helming both franchises. I just think he needs to pick which to do first, so he can focus the right amount of time on each to do them both right. Paramount knows what he can do with Star Trek. So I doubt they try to push the subject to hard if he wants to do Star Wars next.

    1 year agoby @gandoffFlag

  19. moviegeek

    sigh... Sadly Star Trek will be left behind for the bigger moneymaker :(

    1 year agoby @moviegeekFlag

  20. Msc1bs

    Look at the flare on the lightsaber... how fitting for JJ Abrams!!

    1 year agoby @msc1bsFlag

  21. ejk1

    I don't understand why Abrams has to choose. Star Trek wanted him, and he delivered, and will most likely do so again this summer. So why would they not play ball with him? As for Star Wars, Disney recognized Abrams knows his sh*t, so they most likely spared no expense in securing his services for their franchise. I've seen many MW users say Idris Elba for this comic book character or that comic book character when he's already a comic book character (Heimdall), so why the hell can't Abrams also be a wearer of two hats?

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  22. TheDude1

    Pick one please.

    1 year agoby @thedude1Flag